The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln Essay

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In Kentucky Illinois a child was born that came from nothing, but then later rose to one of the most powerful positions in the world. Abraham Lincoln became the 16th president of the United States of America on March 4th, 1861. It was after being a captain in the Black Hawk War Lincoln decided to pursue a career in politics. Lincoln served one term in the U.S House of Representatives but was criticised for speaking out against the Mexican-American war and decided not run for re-election. It was not until 1854 when congress passed the Kansas –Nebraska Act did Lincoln re-enter politics. He ran for Senator and did not get elected but gained national recognition. In 1860 he was nominated by the Republican Party for President. (Freidel & Sidey, 1989) Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest American presidents and through his leadership left a lasting legacy. Lincoln had many qualities that made him a great leader and signed Legislations, Acts and Policies that were valuable to the development of the United States. He was the one that led to the abolishment of slavery and the victory of the Union in the Civil War
His efforts in the Civil War demonstrate his magnificent leadership. No president of the United States had been elected into office under more difficult circumstances than Abraham Lincoln. He faced an immense task as seven states had already seceded from the Union. The Civil War begun in 1861 when the Confederate Force fired on Fort Sumter and Lincoln took instant…

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